ORIGINAL: Mr. Ed
Simmons was a good move IMO. Polanco and Arraez were in the lower half of the league defensively at their positions. I still think the adage that you need to be strong defensively up the middle still holds. Simmons is also a low strikeout with a decent OBP hitter that the lineup has few of.
But yeah, the much bigger priorities were LF, where we now have a journeyman minor leaguer. Bullpen, where even the returning guys are question marks. Starting rotation, where if anything, we have downgraded.
To top it all off the season starts tomorrow. There is no more offseason for making trades and signing free agents. This is it. The great HOPE is that the hitters reboot now that the games mean something, that Rogers and Duffy shake off ST and regain peak form and that Johnson has indeed worked his magic and created some silk purses out of this year's collection of sows ears.
Greene and Robertson are still unsigned FA bullpen guys.
Could always go get two more guys likely past their prime/done.
Forbid they actually developed ANY younger pitchers. Pathetic for having taken over that long ago.
Teams do bring up pitchers in their early 20's and seem to have success. The Twins brought up Berrios at 22 and it worked out pretty well. Balazovic is 22, Canterino and Duran are both 23. Just sayin.
Duran got 2 innings in the bigs last year.
Zero this spring
Who's the next big thing after Alcala in the bullpen? Hackimer and a gimmick motion? Oh boy,another gimmick motion experiment.
Escape while you can!